As Catholics, we know that the most important part of the Mass is the Eucharist. We should all be meeting our Sunday Mass obligation each week — it will bless your life in ways you could never imagine. But there is another essential aspect to attending weekend Mass — engaging with the community of parishioners. Kevyn and Ashley Wiskirchen have indeed found community here at the Cathedral. Although it can sometimes be a challenge with their three young daughters — Cecelia, Charlotte, and Anita — at Mass, people are always quick to compliment them.
“Our young kids still sometimes struggle in Mass, but we are frequently greeted by parishioners after Mass who tell us how well-behaved our kids were or how beautiful our family is,” Kevyn says. “That always really lifts me up and encourages me.”
Both Kevyn and Ashley are so impressed by the Cathedral. Having been members since 2017, they love the vibrancy and enthusiasm.
“We have been here throughout the Cathedral renovations, and it’s been a true joy to see our community bond and reform after the dedication of our stunningly beautiful worship space this year,” Ashley says.
Over the past five-plus years of being members, Ashley and Kevyn have watched the Cathedral grow, which excites them. They have enjoyed getting to know both families with young children and those with older children.
“We have really been blessed to connect with others who share the same vision and devotion to the Lord in their practice of Catholicism, their dedication to their marriages, and how they love and parent their children,” Ashley says. “The Lord has truly led us into a loving community, and we are so grateful to be members here.”
Being raised Catholic, it’s important to Ashley and Kevyn to be raising their children in the faith. They can’t wait to watch their girls continue to grow and receive the sacraments. Their children are everything to them — the three girls and three saints in heaven.
“We feel like the families we are connected with, the parish at large, and the school have invested in our marriage and our children, and feel so at home here,” Ashley says.
The family is involved in several ministries. Kevyn is in the Knights of Columbus, while Ashley co-chairs the Pro-Life Ministry. She also sings in the Adult Contemporary Ensemble and helps as much as possible at the school. The family also has a small group that they meet with regularly. In addition, they also bring up the gifts at Mass and have helped with coffee and donuts. Ashley and Kevyn have also been heavily involved in the Biking for Babies organization.
“Serving or being involved in parish ministries is an important part of stewardship — that is to say, to share one’s gifts, talents, and time to benefit the entire parish,” Kevyn says. “I realize that I and each one of us bring something unique to our parish that no one else can.”
“With full-time work and three kiddos at home, it often feels like we are stretched for time and attention,” Ashley adds. “But every time we give our ‘yes’ to a call for greater involvement and investment in our stewardship, we see that fruit borne out over and over again.”
If you asked Ashley or Kevyn if you should get involved in the parish, they would say, “Absolutely!” Being actively involved at the Cathedral has been a tremendous blessing.
“We receive so many more blessings and graces by offering of ourselves than what we give away,” Kevyn says. “We don’t give ourselves the opportunity to receive those graces if we don’t get involved.”
“Service takes us out ourselves and makes us a gift to others,” Ashley adds. “That type of investment honors our worth, skills, and talents. And it brings those talents into the community to enrich the lives of others. What could be better?”